Doug Leslie, the father of a slain teenager is feeling a strong call to tell the world about his daughter whom he believes was an angelic person put here on earth for just a little while.
"She lived in such a positive style. It's so easy to live your life like that, and yet lose it," he said of Loren, 15, who was found dead Nov. 27 near Vanderhoof in the area of an unused old logging road near Highway 27.
Prince George resident, Cody Legebokoff, 20, was charged with her murder after being stopped by police on the night of Nov. 27. An ensuing search following the tracks of his truck in fresh snow led to the finding of her body.
Doug hopes to find a way to make the world better place so that Loren's death will not be in vain.
"People have to start caring for each other the way she cared for others," said Doug, who wants to spread the story of her goodness throughout North America.
He said the way she lived and what she believed is summed up in her short written piece that was featured on her memorial service card.
Although Loren had very limited vision, Doug said she could see well enough, especially under water, "but her hearing was amazingly keen."
Consider what Loren wrote about herself.
She said she didn't need to hear her own voice, monopolize conversations or interrupt others to get attention. "I know who I am. I don't need to hurt others to build myself up.
"But I do hear well. I hear others cutting their friends apart, saying unkind things, just to make themselves feel better.
"I hear people's feelings being hurt by those ignoring them. I hear when no one speaks to me because I choose to be more considerate of others, and not follow the crowd.
"I hear tears on people's faces who aren't accepted because they don't have the right look, the right clothes, or they aren't cool enough to be popular.
"I hear the lonliness of people sitting in folding chairs at dances because they're not loud enough to be heard . . But I hear them."
Doug's plan is to superimpose Loren's written piece with her picture and hand it out wherever he goes, wherever people will listen to him.
Doug, who works at the Endako mine and lives "from pay cheque to pay cheque" said, "I don't know how I'm going to do this. I just know that it has to be done,"
His first step has been to contact the office of John Rustad, MLA for Nechako Lakes for any assistance available for his plan.
Doug invites anyone who would like to help out in any way to e-mail him at: dlesli...@live.ca.